We spotted land today! It’s the first land we’ve seen since setting sail from Rhode Island in April. This brings us to the end of the expedition. We did our last cast and ran the last few stragglers of samples last night. Well, it was night according to the time, but we are so far north that it stays light for a long time. In fact, it’s currently 10:30pm and it’s still bright out (we’re 4 hours ahead of EST)!
Today was spent packing up all the labs, which is a long, arduous process. We needed to be extremely organized – every box is labeled so that Princeton’s equipment is easily identifiable. The Endeavor has another expedition onboard after we leave and before the ship arrives in Rhode Island, so we have to know what belongs to us. While we were packing, each box was also meticulously inventoried; thus, when the boxes do make their way back to New Jersey, the scientists will know what’s in each one when they need to find something.
Once all of our boxes were neatly packed, labeled, and inventoried, the hard part began – storing all of our stuff. There’s limited space on the ship and everything really needs to be tightly tied down, especially the containers with glassware and chemicals (some chemicals can’t be disposed of safely at sea so they need to be brought back to Princeton for proper disposal).
We should arrive in Iceland around 9:00 am tomorrow morning (5:00 am EST) and we will spend one more day on the ship while docked in order to make sure that the labs and our cabins are cleaned and organized, as well as to store the remaining equipment.
My blogging journey with you, my faithful readers, has come to an end (at least for now!).
I will leave you with a photo of the entire (slightly windblown) science party:
Until next time,